Visiting Electives for Resident Physicians

Residents in neurology training programs at outside institutions may spend a one-month elective in the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Neurocritical Care Unit (Neuro-ICU), with the approval of their department chairperson or program director. Visiting residents may participate in rounds, observe examinations and procedures in the Neuro–ICU, and attend conferences and seminars, but are not allowed hands-on patient contact. As such, they are designated “visiting scientists” by Columbia University. Potential fellowship applicants are welcome, but not required, to attend as a visiting scientist.

Requirements and Eligibility

Visiting residents must be enrolled in good standing in a USGME-approved residency training program.


Applicants should apply to Karen Rey in the Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology (212-305-7236), and submit a letter of intent, C.V., and letter of approval of from their department chairperson or program director. The applicant will be sent a visiting request form and insurance information form, which will be submitted to the Office of Graduate Medical Education for final approval. The applicant must document that they are covered by health, liability, and accident insurance during the rotation. Applications should be submitted at least 3 to 4 months in advance.